The weekend in music, with Here Come the Mummies and more

July 17th, 2015 at 5:03 am

Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies

When I interviewed Here Come the Mummies a few years ago, one of the members — they are always anonymous, so I’m not sure which — talked about how hot it was in their costumes.

That was in advance of Wakarusa, the outdoor music extravaganza in rural Franklin County, which often takes place on hot days.

Here Come the Mummies get the benefit of air conditioning this time around, but I suspect it’s still miserable in a full mummy outfit, considering all the dancing they do.

Funk rock bank Here Come the Mummies will rise up for a concert tonight (July 17) at George’s Majestic Lounge. The band with anonymous members — yes, they really dress up like mummies — will peform at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25 and are available via

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society‘s Summer Concert Series starts Sunday. And the first event is already sold out. Vocalist Kenny Washington performs Sunday (July 19) at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville with the Claudia Burson Quartet. You can read a Q&A session with Washington in our What’s Up! section today, if you’re interested. The second and final event of the series, called the Composer’s Showcase, takes place Aug. 13 at George’s Majestic Lounge.

Other big shows this weekend include a marathon set by Widespread Panic tonight at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion. More on that one in a minute.

Speaking of the AMP, a tickets for a show there go on sale this morning. Tickets for Bryan Adams will be made available at 10 a.m. today.

What’s on your live music agenda for the weekend?

Soon in tunes: The Honeycutters, July 16 at George’s

July 15th, 2015 at 11:19 am

The Honeycutters photos by Sandlin Gaither

The Honeycutters photos by Sandlin Gaither

Americana act The Honeycutters, based in Asheville, N.C., visits Fayetteville on Thursday (July 16). The group’s tour in support of the April album “Me Oh My” comes to George’s Majestic Lounge for a free show that begins at 9 p.m.

On the way: Bryan Adams, Sept. 19 at the AMP

July 14th, 2015 at 8:17 am

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Bryan Adams will “Run to You.” You’re going to want to run to the Walmart AMP box office on Friday if you’re a Bryan Adams fan. Or call or go online. Those work too.

With more than 65 million albums sold and a string of hits such as “Summer of 69″ and “Cuts Like a Knife” to his credit, rocker Bryan Adams this year embarks on a 30th anniversary tour celebrating the release of his album “Reckless.” Six singles from that album made the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The tour includes a Sept. 19 stop at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, it was announced on Monday (July 13) morning.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (July 17) through the Walmart AMP box office. Tickets range from $30 to $79.50. Note: Due to Walton Arts Center construction, the AMP’s in-person ticket outlet is currently located at Nadine Baum Studios at the corner of West Avenue and Spring Street in Fayetteville. Tickets are also available online.

On the way: TobyMac, Oct. 4 at the Walmart AMP

July 13th, 2015 at 11:33 am

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Here’s TobyMac’s lyric video for “Backseat Driver,” featuring Hollyn, who will join him on the “This is Not a Test” tour coming to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on Oct. 4.

As far as Christian hip hop artists go, TobyMac is certainly the best known of them. That’s not some slight on a narrow genre — in fact, he’s a crossover act with two Grammy Award wins and several No. 1 Christian hits. His newest album, “This Is Not A Test,” is scheduled for an August release.

TobyMac will bring his new “This Is Not A Test” tour on the road this summer, and it includes at stop at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. The show takes place Oct. 4 and also includes guests Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon and Hollyn.

Tickets are already on sale through the venue’s box office. Tickets range from $26-$65.

Soon in tunes: Paul Pfau and Callie MaRae, various venues

July 10th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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Paul Pfau sings “Fly Me To The Moon” on ‘The Voice.’ Not sure what mode of transportation he’s using for his trip to Northwest Arkansas, but he’s heading this way.

Maryland songwriter Paul Pfau — whose last name rhymes with ‘wow’ — earlier this year earned some recognition on the television contest “The Voice.” His current tour will pass through this part of the country, including a stop at JJ’s Grill in Rogers tonight (July 10) and at JJ’s Grill in Fayetteville on Saturday (July 11). Joining Pfau will be Jonesboro artist Callie MaRae, who earned one of 100 blind auditions for the televised singing contest but ultimately did not appear on the show. The gigs start at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The weekend in live music, with Aaron Sarlo and more

July 10th, 2015 at 5:03 am

Aaron Sarlo and the Dangerous Idiots

Aaron Sarlo and the Dangerous Idiots

I was not in town last weekend. I was not in town the weekend before that. I took a little much needed respite and saw some live music in Ireland and England instead.

A big thank you to our web editor Caleb Fort for making sure things ran smoothly on this site in my absence.

I’m officially back now, and I’m ready to catch some local tunes.

Here’s what I’m finding when I look at the calendar:

Little Rock musicians Aaron Sarlo and the Dangerous Idiots have a pair of records coming out soon. One features a live set of material recorded in 2013 at the Whitewater Tavern in Little Rock. The other is a collection of new material. The power pop band with sometimes politically charged songs performs tonight (July 10) at the Smoke & Barrel Tavern. The show begins after 9 p.m.

There’s another big local pop rock show this weekend, too. At least I think it’s pop rock. The band is so new, I’m not exactly sure what to expect.

About six months after announcing the end of his previous project, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow, the frontman of that group is back with a new band. Randall Shreve and The DeVilles is already at work on a new album, “The Devil and The End,” and limited live performances. Among those gigs is a Saturday night (July 11) event at Ryleigh’s on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

Elsewhere, Americana band Dusty Pearls perform tonight at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Americana/country/outlaw/rowdy band Texas Hippie Coalition has the stage on Sunday (July 12) at George’s Majestic Lounge.

Or, catch the Ezza Rose Band on Saturday night at Smoke and Barrel. Sounds like a good weekend at the Barrel.

What’s on your agenda?

Soon in tunes: Cody Johnson, July 9 at George’s

July 8th, 2015 at 11:41 am

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

Like late country star Chris LeDoux, Cody Johnson sold his music from the back of a pickup at rodeos. Johnson, a Texas native, has graduated to clubs now, and his current tour brings him to George’s Majestic Lounge for a show on Thursday (July 9). A blend of traditional and outlaw country, Johnson and his band start their set around 9 p.m. Admission is $15.

On the way: Leon Russell, Sept. 19 at George’s

July 7th, 2015 at 8:43 am

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Leon Russell isn’t such a stranger to these parts. He’s from the Tulsa area, and he visits here to play every once in a while. Above, he performs the song “Stranger in a Strange Land.” He performs a club show at George’s on Sept. 19.

Some venues scream from the rafters when a new concert is booked.

George’s Majestic Lounge, meanwhile, often just puts tickets on sale and the savvy find them.

Quietly, tickets for classic rocker and beloved session musician Leon Russell went on sale. He performs at the venue on Sept. 19, a Saturday night.

Russell, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and an Oklahoma native, wrote several hits for himself and contributed to the careers of musicians such as Elton John, Eric Clapton and The Beach Boys, to name a few.

Admission to the event is $25. Tickets are on sale now.

Win tickets to Kenny Chesney and Kid Rock

July 6th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Kenny Chesney‘s concert at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on July 30 sold out in minutes.

But there’s a reason to hope — we’ve got tickets to give away.

Submit your Fourth of July photos to our Facebook and Twitter pages today for a chance to win tickets to not only that show, but also the Hank Williams Jr. show on Aug. 22 and the Kid Rock concert on Sept. 25.

You can find all the applicable rules on the contest page:

The deadline is tonight, so hurry.

Good luck!

Symphonic music and other booming attractions

July 3rd, 2015 at 12:51 pm

The Fourth of July — that’s tomorrow — falls on a Saturday night this year.

That means maximum excitement.

My colleague Jocelyn Murphy has spent the last week trying to find all of the Fourth of July events in the area. You can find her list online. By the way, if you see one she missed, email her.

One of the biggest events is also one of the newest. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will perform at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. They’ll blow up big stuff while classic music plays. Cool.

Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for that event are still on sale, and start at $5.

Whatever you do, wherever you are, have a great Fourth of July.